Saturday, 19 August 2017

Classic Hollywood Stars in Color Photographs

Since today is World Photography Day (yes, I bothered to check), I thought it would be fun to put together a collection of color photos of Classic Hollywood stars. As far as I can tell, these pictures were captured in actual natural color, rather than being digitally colorized. Enjoy!

Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck at their ranch in San Fernando Valley (1939)

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet (1940)

Errol Flynn skiing in Sun Valley (December 1940)

Eleanor Powell and Glenn Ford on their wedding day (1943)

Myrna Loy and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. dancing (ca. 1944)

Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney before reprising their roles in Laura (1944) for Lux Radio Theatre (February 1945)

Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner on a break from filming The Killers (1946)

Gregory Peck in a publicity for Duel in the Sun (1946)

James Stewart and Donna Reed in a portrait for It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Olivia de Havilland and Ray Milland at the 19th Academy Awards on March 13, 1947
Olivia won Best Actress for her performance in To Each His Own (1946)

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall on the set of Key Largo (1948)

Frank Sinatra in the studio (1953)

James Dean and Natalie Wood on the set of Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Rock Hudson at his Malibu beach home (ca. 1960)

Janette Scott, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Laurence Olivier on the set of The Devil's Disciple (1959)

Jane and Henry Fonda in New York (December 1959)

Grace Kelly in Monaco in 1962 (photograph Howell Conant)

Burt Lancaster photographed by Sam Levin (1964)

Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)


  1. It's always fun/odd to see Stars you're used to seeing in black and white in color. Love the one of Bogie and Bacall. Also Rock Hudson's sweater ;)

  2. This is a fine, interesting article. I enjoyed reading it, and I look forward to reading more of your articles in the future.

    By the way, I would like to invite you to join my blogathon, "The Great Breening Blogathon:" It is celebrating the life and work of Joseph Breen, the enforcer of the Motion Picture Production Code between 1934 and 1954. As we honor his birthday, which is on October 14, we will be discussing and analyzing the Code era, breening films from other eras, and writing about our own ideas for classic movies. One doesn't have to agree with the Code and Mr. Breen to enjoy that! I hope you will do me the honor of joining. We could really use your talent!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan